iPad 3 may be launched with iOS 5.1 on board in early March

Dying to get your hands on the yet-unannounced iPad 3? Well, if the latest rumor is true, in about a month you may well be able to do just that.

AllThingsD reports that some unnamed sources have claimed that the iPad 3 will be unveiled in the first week of March, at a special event. There are no hard details about the new tablet’s availability, but there’s no reason for it not to follow the pattern established by the iPad 2 launch – the device being in stores a week or so after the announcement.

Hardware-wise, almost everything we’ve heard about the iPad 3 over the past couple of months or so seems to be confirmed yet again. So, the sources say, Apple’s new tablet will come with a much faster processor (quad-core, we assume) and a greatly improved graphics chip, and a Retina Display with a resolution of 2048×1536 or similar. The iPad 3 should be almost identical, looks-wise, to its predecessor, again, like we’ve heard before.

Apple usually launches a new iOS version with its new iPhones and iPads, and it looks like the iPad 3 unveiling won’t be any different. Your Daily Mac found hints about an iOS 5.1 release on March 9 or around that date. And that would certainly fit with the aforementioned information regarding the iPad 3’s launch time frame, so we’re advising you to have a smaller than usual quantity of salt nearby for this one. The iOS 5.1 release date hint comes from newly published operator profiles for Apple’s existing iOS devices (seen in the image above).

So there you have it. All signs currently point to a joint iPad 3 – iOS 5.1 launch early next month. Are you excited yet?

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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